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Teachers rally against TAFE job cuts

Teachers rally against TAFE job cuts | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The NSW Teachers Federation has asked what the real cost of a slash-and-burn approach to positions and courses will be.
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Right around Australia every TAFE college is experiencing severe funding cuts. TAFE provides training for employment, especially for our youth. TAFE helps with retraining when people become unemployed. TAFE provides assistance for people to become literate. TAFE provides an often alternative pathway to higher education like university, particularly those that did not do well at school or who dropped out for all sorts of reasons. Yet all our very important TAFE colleges are under severe threat right around the country due to millions of dollars having been cut from TAFE budgets. As a result hundreds of courses have been shut down, students are facing huge fee hikes, campuses are being closed and thousands of TAFE teachers have lost their job (I know, I am just one of them). We need to make sure that TAFE colleges are properly funded so that they can continue to provide the highest quality training Australia has had and continues to need. This is so critical for our future. The future of our economy and our sense of community fairness. Please help stop theses TAFE CUTS!

Register your support at www.stopTAFECuts.com.au.

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Greens bill to stop TAFE cuts in NSW - Yahoo!7 News

Greens bill to stop TAFE cuts in NSW - Yahoo!7 News | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
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Greens bill to stop TAFE cuts in NSW
Yahoo!7 News
NSW Greens will introduce a bill to stop state TAFE reforms saying they could sound the death knell for the public vocational education provider.
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This Bill is critical to stop these so called Smart And Skilled Reforms by the O'Farrell Government. They are nothing of the sort and it is critical that they are stopped.  TAFE is on the brink and this Bill is essential or TAFE as the people of NSW know it will disappear. Stop the TAFE CUTS!

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TAFE chief enjoyed luxurious perks - Herald Sun

TAFE chief enjoyed luxurious perks - Herald Sun | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE chief enjoyed luxurious perks
Herald Sun
The undercover probe into Box Hill Institute of TAFE boss John Maddock was commissioned by its board.
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This speaks for itself, doesn't it? Has the same "culture of entitlement" crept into TAFE Management under the Liberals watch?  Where is the support and funding for the teachers and students being squandered? ....... Meanwhile the TAFE CUTS to courses, teaching positions and other support staff continues. Outrageous!

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More jobs to go at TAFE - Daily Advertiser

More jobs to go at TAFE - Daily Advertiser | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
More jobs to go at TAFE
Daily Advertiser
AS MANY as 23 jobs could go from TAFE NSW Riverina Institute from next year when the organisation reveals its restructure plans tomorrow.
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These "proposed" changes represent the latest in a series of ongoing cuts sparked by the NSW government stripping $80 million out of TAFE NSW from the period mid-2012 through to 2016. These are decisions made by the O'Farrell Government as they introduce a Victorian-style marketisation of the VET sector.  They have also announced $80 million to go from TAFE NSW and 800 jobs to be cut from TAFE across NSW.  The majority of these positions will be TAFE teachers. The track record so far is that the various Institute Management announce direct intentions to delete specific courses and positions without adequate consultation and then go about fully consulting as they declare that they have been only "proposals".  The problem here is that the announcements come before adequate consultation with the potentially affected staff, or local industries. They seem to be carrying this out the wrong way around, perhaps under pressure to achieve TAFE Cuts at all costs? That certainly was my experience, and that of many of my colleagues at Sydney Institute of TAFE (Ultimo) earlier this year.

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HECS kills price competition - The Australian

HECS kills price competition - The Australian | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
HECS kills price competition The Australian "If you want price competition, fine - have an upfront fee system and get rid of HECS, and bear the consequences for access and equity." Professor Chapman, who helped introduce the higher education...
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Access and equity are the big underlying issues for any fee system for education. Interesting comments by one of the HECS systems architects.

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EU Quality Assurance Glossary in Vocational Education and Training

EU Quality Assurance Glossary in Vocational Education and Training | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

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"This glossary is a work in progress. It is designed to strengthen communication across VET (sub) systems and VET providers on European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) through multiple definitions in key quality assurance terminology. This multiplicity of definitions reflects their evolving development by researchers, professional bodies, governmental agencies or different international organisations (e.g. European Commission and CEDEFOP, United Nations, OECD, World Bank) in line with the changing practices in management and measurement. Where more than one definition is listed, definitions have been numbered in a non-hierarchical order."

 


Via Mary Theodosiadou
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The EU seems to understand the importance of "collaboration" and "cooperation". This seems to me to be  in stark contrast to the policy directions we are moving in within Australia re VET/TAFE with our increasing emphasis on "competition" rather than the above. There seems also to be an emphasis on "socio-economics" and "inclusiveness" not just economics. From their latest policy document: Rethinking education: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes

This Communication from the European Commission proposes actions at national level and concrete initiatives at EU level to support the modernisation of education and training systems for growth and jobs. These include delivering the right skills for employment and business creation, increasing the efficiency and inclusion of education and training institutions, and working collaboratively with stakeholders. The Communication is accompanied by the first edition of the Education & Training Monitor to provide a picture of current skills supply and progress towards the Europe 2020 headline targets, and six other Staff Working Documents showcasing policy evidence and good practice.

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State Government to probe dodgy training courses

State Government to probe dodgy training courses | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
DODGY training providers are in the State Government's sights after Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall vowed to crack down on those doing the wrong thing.

Via susiemandley
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The Minister, Peter Hall, says "We want a system in Victoria that gives people confidence that their qualification will lead to a better job, and industry the confidence that they can access skilled people."

This is what all of the Eastern States have had until recently when the VET system was opened up to fully contestable funding under open competition policy by the current state governments. These dodgy training courses are a symptom of that. Its what you get when you open the doors with insufficient regulation. Stop the TAFE cuts!

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, November 2, 2013 7:32 PM

Don't let this mess happen in NSW. We have the best public vocational education system in Australia - TAFE. The NSW government is dismantling it piece by piece. Contact your MP today and ask them what they are doing to stop TAFE cuts.

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VET given heavy lifting on COAG target

VET given heavy lifting on COAG target | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

STAGNATING literacy and numeracy and funding cuts to vocational education are dovetailing to undermine Australia's push for a more qualified population, according to the electrical industry's skills council.


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A "convergence" of causes. Entry problems and funding problems. If this keeps compounding we will soon have a "perfect storm" in relation to skills losses which, once reached, may be irretrievable.

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, October 31, 2013 5:42 PM

LNP governments wrecking TAFE around Australia are contributing to this decline. Fund TAFE!

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NSW returns to surplus earlier than expected - Sydney Morning Herald

NSW returns to surplus earlier than expected - Sydney Morning Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
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NSW returns to surplus earlier than expected
Sydney Morning Herald
Mr Baird said the result was "a good news story for the people of NSW" but warned the state had "a long way to go".

Via Kathy Nicholson
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If there is now a surplus to this extent why are we still experiencing these outrageous TAFE Cuts!  

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, October 30, 2013 4:25 AM

There is no longer any excuse for TAFE cuts in NSW.

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TAFE Qld to market test outsourced IT - iT News

TAFE Qld to market test outsourced IT iT News From 1 July 2014 the Queensland government will open as much as $200 million worth of TAFE funding to competition from private sector training providers, which is expected to force the TAFE network to...
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Another example of attacks on our wonderful TAFE system, this time in Qld where "revenues" and "operating cost reduction" are becoming the prime focus rather than the teaching and learning. This is a symptom of the out of balance shift to TAFE as a business. The imperative to make money, profit and revenue rather than the delivery of high quality vocational  education and training. Indeed the word education rarely gets a mention anymore.  Increasing revenues by hiking up fees, cutting courses to reduce costs, finding cheaper and hence lower quality ways of delivery. This type of out sourcing is lining the pockets of private providers at taxpayers expense.

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Deep budget cuts leave TAFEs reeling

Deep budget cuts leave TAFEs reeling | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Subsidised enrolments are down, fees up, and jobs lost as Victorian colleges struggle to cope.

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STOP the TAFE CUTS NOW!

TAFE Institutes are bleeding to death trying to keep up thier high standard. The money is being siphoned off into private RTOs many of whom are shonks and fly by nighters. They are not delivering what TAFE must and yet TAFE's budgets are being cut. This is not sustainable if the same high TAFE quality is to continue. Something has to give and it's already happening. Lowering of standards, cheapening of delivery, cutting of some courses while raising the fees of others, all driven by "cost cutting". All the while the private cherry pickers in the VET sector, not TAFE, are raking it in! It is a disgrace and our economy and community will pay the price!

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End of town planner's TAFE journey is start of artistic life - Central Queensland news

End of town planner's TAFE journey is start of artistic life - Central Queensland news | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
End of town planner's TAFE journey is start of artistic life Central Queensland news Enrolling at TAFE initially on a whim two years ago, Maaret is now planning to celebrate the end of her Diploma of Visual Arts course with her fellow students at...
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TAFE is very often the beginning of a new future for many people. TAFE builds theory with practice and allows the experience that an individual brings with them to build upon and can then dramatically change a persons career and future profoundly. TAFE changes lives. This is why it is such a travesty that it is being decimated by severe underfunding and negative consequences of competition policy which us driving down quality and the need to find ever cheaper forms of delivery. Stop the TAFE Cuts and allow TAFE to continue transforming lives by building their highly employable skills.

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Sunshine Coast TAFE visits Lexis Maroochydore | Lexis | Sunshine ...

Sunshine Coast TAFE visits Lexis Maroochydore | Lexis | Sunshine ... | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Lexis Sunshine Coast students had a very helpful information session with two great staff members from Sunshine Coast TAFE. Not only did the very friendly Sunshine Coast TAFE staff answer all our student's questions, they ...
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TAFE is a great alternative way to study in Australia compared to University. Let's hope this does not change under proposed fee hikes and massive funding cuts to TAFE occurring under all the Liberal state governments.  It's time to Stop the TAFE cuts NOW!

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Redirecting...

#lindasimon #TCA #TAFE is not just about skills development, also second chance & further education it is part of... http://t.co/UUtwmd0Lc8
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Yes, access and equity nod the ability for people left out of the mainstream education system to have a second chance and "leg up" onto a skilled employment ladder. Without that second chance many cannot get that first step. Barriers to prevent this are a disaster for a great many in our community. Stop these terrible TAFE CUTS! Tell the O'Farrell Govt what you really think of their TAFE CUTS before it is lost!

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Health, aged care, nursing trainees suffer funding blow in Perth TAFE fee hike

Health, aged care, nursing trainees suffer funding blow in Perth TAFE fee hike | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
STUDENT fees for courses in some of our most in-demand industries will skyrocket as much as 576 per cent over the next four years.
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There goes access and equity. Stop the TAFE CUTS!

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OPINION Demise of TAFE will cost country dearly - Newcastle Herald

OPINION Demise of TAFE will cost country dearly - Newcastle Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
OPINION Demise of TAFE will cost country dearly
Newcastle Herald
... is a part-time TAFE teacher in electrical trades and electrical engineering.
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The O’Farrell government by its policy of closing TAFE courses and ramping up fees, seems to be moving in the opposite direction To the direction our economy needs. What will O'Farrell's legacy be? Will he be remembered as the Premier who destroyed our wonderful TAFE system along with our critically needed skills base? Part Time TAFE teachers speaking out. When casual PT staff are this concerned and speak out you know something is terribly wrong! These TAFE CUTS need to stop Mr O'Farrell.

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Twitter / pamchristie: Many of our staff are heroes ...

Twitter / pamchristie: Many of our staff are heroes ... | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
RT @pamchristie: Many of our staff are heroes who helped fight the fires like Glendon Pryor from Hunter TAFE #tafensw http://t.co/5dtTVCD1o5
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Indeed many TAFE staff are heroes for their actions during the bush fires. However, it needs to be made quite clear that it was only action taken by the NSW Teachers Federation that has ensured that Part Time Casual teachers will now be paid for their non attendance at work due to these bushfires.  TAFE Management's original position was to deny these staff pay. Thank you NSWTF for taking action to stand up for this injustice.

 
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Queensland TAFE facilities up for grabs

Queensland TAFE facilities up for grabs | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The Australian    |    4 November 2013 The Queensland government has begun the search for commercial tenants of the state's TAFE infrastructure, with survey of the state’s private registered traini...
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Politicians sell off our wonderful TAFEs and TAFE facilities without proper consultation with the people who elected them. They seem to be forgetting, perhaps conveniently, that the TAFE colleges and infrastructure are owned by the tax paying community, not individual private training businesses who stand to profit from access to these facilities, at the expense of the taxpayer. Who owns our TAFEs? 

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TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy Rockhampton Morning Bulletin CENTRAL Queensland TAFE teacher Tina Stritzke has been recognised for her work with adult migrants, winning a state TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy...
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How precious and valuable are our TAFE teachers right around Australia? We need to really value them as ALL as the professional educators that they are much more!

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The last post

The last post | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Thanks to all who have taken the time to read my Ultimo TAFE Library posts. I have enjoyed working here at Ultimo TAFE Library and the blog has been a big part of my time here.  After 5 and a half ...
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Another staff member bites the dust. Good luck for the future Maria.

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Stop TAFE Cuts

Stop TAFE Cuts | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
We must Stop TAFE Cuts Now! (Are you going to "Do Your Block" for #TAFE from
11-17 November? #stoptafecuts http://t.co/Zm83AYYfxX)
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Now that the NSW Treasurer has announced the NSW budget to be in surplus is there adequate excuse for the TAFE cuts to continue?

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Ombudsman to probe Vic TAFE contract

Ombudsman to probe Vic TAFE contract | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The Age     |     28 October 2013 The Ombudsman is to investigate a contentious decision by Victoria’s top education bureaucrat to pay a former colleague’s company $1 million to oversee TAFE reform...

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Symptom of unhealthy competition policy being applied indiscriminately to TAFE.  CONFLICT OF INTEREST!  CONFLICT OF INTEREST!  CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

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Apprentice model is costly but unreformed

Apprentice model is costly but unreformed | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
AS we head into the major recruiting season for apprentices, it is difficult to comprehend the barriers that are being erected against the delivery of the skilled labour that our businesses need.

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The problem here is the "elephant in the room" that is being ignored. TAFEs have always had, in the past, the employee and employer as the central client with the skills developed for their businesses within an industry being uppermost in focus. Unfortunately now the ideology prevailing is that the focus should be on the training provider being in a "business model" itself. This is the real problem. A classic conflict. The prime emphasis is to shift the attention to a profit making business in training rather than servicing a skill development partnership with industry. Profit rules at considerable cost. There is a parallel shift within the training culture of industries and the businesses within them. Instead of being part of a wide industry with responsibilities to train for the wider industry as a whole, the shift is back to only those skills that an individual enterprise needs, no more, no less!  This responsibility to give back something to the industry as a whole has disappeared with the same shift to profit at all costs, and replaced with a selfish outlook to what an enterprise only needs to pay for, whether large or an SME. This is the ideologically driven "market rules" under a fully contestable funding regime. There will be, if not already, severe market failure and severe loss of skill development as a result. The economy and industries will ultimately pay the price of this shortsightedness.

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:22 PM

Cuts to TAFE and increased fees are too great a barrier. This will damage productivity and our economy.

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Young people being conned into courses

UNSCRUPULOUS training providers are luring young people with gimmicks and enrolling students who do not have the skills. (Dodgy deals exploit young people.
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This is the tip of the iceberg when you allow "market forces" to prevail and not regulate the VET sector. TAFE is being dragged down into this mess. Some of the concerns raised by young people and case workers about these training organisations were, among others: 

1 Use of gimmicks to attract students to courses.

2 Promising employment pathways that don't exist.

3 Failing to properly assess skills of prospective students.

4 Convincing students with limited literacy skills they will be capable of completing courses that are too hard for them.

5 Jobs being advertised that do not exist.

This is an indicator of what is to follow for the sector if the direction continues and the TAFE cuts continue along with it.

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TAFE fee rises threaten future of NSW economy | Australian Greens

TAFE fee rises threaten future of NSW economy | Australian Greens | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The O'Farrell government's plans for TAFE fee rises of up to $750 a year will reduce the number of young people taking up apprenticeships and traineeships, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. ('Higher TAFE fees put pressure on ...
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Many people are very unaware of the incredibly valuable role played by TAFE in the development of employable and economically valuable skills. The NSW economy will be seriously threatened if the direction being taken by the O'Farrell Government continues and the severe funding cuts to TAFE are not stopped. It's the NSW economy Mr O'Farrell.

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